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Meatless Monday: Mixed Vegetable Curry

This simple veggie curry from Martha Stewart only requires 20 minutes prep time and is easy to double for leftovers for the week. The classic combo of okra and tomatoes gives it a great seasonal flavor. We’re going to try adding summer squash to make it even more hearty, and probably a veggie bouillon cube or 2 to enrich the flavor.

From MarthaStewart.com

Mixed Vegetable Curry
Serves 4

Martha says:
The vibrant spices in this vegetarian dish give it a great depth of flavor. If you like, serve the curry with a dollop of plain yogurt.


  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 2 large tomatoes (1 1/2 pounds total), roughly chopped
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1/2 pound okra, stemmed and halved lengthwise
  • 3 cups cooked white rice, for serving


  1. In a food processor, puree ginger and garlic with 1/4 cup water until mostly smooth.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high. Add mustard seed and cumin seed and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add ginger-garlic paste; reduce heat to medium-low and cook, scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon, until most of the liquid has evaporated, 5 to 7 minutes. Add tomatoes and cook until beginning to break down, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add potatoes and 3 1/2 cups water; season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Increase heat to high and boil until potatoes are tender, about 12 minutes. Fold in cauliflower and okra, partially cover, and cook until tender, 9 to 10 minutes. Serve curry with rice.

Cook’s Note

To build the curry’s flavor, start by cooking the spices in oil to release their aroma. Then add the ginger-garlic paste and cook until dry and thickened.


Local Box Meal Plan: Nov. 1-5

We’re going to start putting the Local Box videos here to accompany the meal plans. Hopefully it’ll help you to have the video in the same place as the meal plan in case you have a question about what an ingredient looks like.

We can’t embed Facebook videos here, but here’s the link to this week’s video. If you don’t feel like watching, here’s the list of ingredients:

Granny Smith or Cameo Apples – Apple Country (or turnips)
Summer Squash- Naegelin
Green Beans – Animal Farm
Baby Arugula – Montesino
Cucumbers – Acadian
Green Shallots – Acadian
Bell Peppers – Acadian
Okra – Bradshaw
Marrs Oranges – G&S Groves
Spanish Black Radish – My Father’s Farm

So, I’m making:

Korean radish salad – Use your green shallots in place of the scallions here. This recipe’s at the bottom of a page full of Spanish black radish recipes, many of which look tasty. I also want to try the remoulade and the radish, carrot, and fennel salad with pecorino cheese.

Ginger beer cocktail – Marrs oranges often have seeds, so use a strainer when you’re squeezing the juice out of them. Leave out the apple if you get turnips this week.

Okra and green beans – This recipe looks tasty, but I’m also intrigued by the “Turn this recipe into a puzzle!” link. It literally turns the recipe into a puzzle – specifically, a word search.

Veggie pizza – Sauteed diced squash, bell peppers, and any other veggies you want until they’re tender. Spread red or white sauce on a pre-made pizza crust, and top with veggies, arugula, (and meat, if you want) and cheese. Bake until the crust is browned and the cheese is bubbly.

Local Box Meal Plan: Oct. 25-29

A few exotic items coming this week, such as mizuna, sunchokes and French breakfast radishes – yum! Here’s the full list:

Arugula – Acdian
Mizuna – My Father’s Farm
Bibb lettuce – Bella Verde
French breakfast radishes – Acadian
Okra – Bradshaw
Summer squash – TX Naturals
Sunchokes – Animal Farm
Eggplant – Acadian
Cameo or Granny Smith apples – Apple Country
Meyer lemons and Persian limes – G&S Grove
Yellow onions – Naegelin
Sweet potatoes, green beans, or red potatoes – Naegelin

I will be making:

Wok-sauteed mizuna and chicken – Make a few substitutions here to use what you’re getting in your box. Specifically, add arugula to the mizuna (I doubt we’re going to get a full pound of either, so have them join forces with their peppery goodness). Also, use summer squash instead of the carrots – it’ll cook in slightly less time, but no matter. If you’ve never had mizuna before, you’re in for a treat. It’s much like arugula in flavor, but the leaves are a little more hardy, like mustard greens.

Vegetable stew with sunchokes – Again, we’ll need to make some substitutions. If you don’t get red potatoes, use your sweet potatoes or trimmed green beans (that may sound odd, but I promise it’ll taste good – we’re making this an all-purpose veggie stew). Use more zucchini in place of the carrots. Depending on the amount of sunchokes we get, you may be able to substitute the extra for celery. You can also toss in some eggplant if you want.

Caramel apples! – It IS Halloween week, right? If you don’t want to go to the trouble of making your own caramel, just use one of those packaged mixes at the grocery store. I won’t tell.

Eggplant burgers – I’m linking to a recipe here if you need a guide, but I imagine you can go a million different ways with eggplant burgers. I have some friends who made them Italian-style, with mozzarella and some red sauce on toasted buns. I’m thinking of using mustard, cheese, sliced radishes, and Bibb lettuce. Yum.

Callaloo (creamy spinach and okra) – I’m excited about this recipe because 1) it involves coconut milk, and 2) I’m betting that pureeing everything together will negate the okra sliminess we’re always looking to avoid. Good times.

Local Box Meal Plan: Oct. 18-22

I know that fall and cooler weather are imminent when cilantro shows up in our Local Box. Did you know it’s a cool-weather herb? Anyway, this week we’re getting:

Green Beans
Summer Squash – Acadian
Okra – Bradshaw Farms
Crimini Mushrooms – Kitchen Pride
Assorted Hot Peppers – Various
Broccoli Rabe – Simmons Family
Radishes – My Father’s Farm
Green Shallots – Acadian
Cucumbers – Animal Farm
Cilantro – My Father’s Farm
Sweet Potatoes – Naegelin

Hot pepper jelly – You can freeze a few weeks’ worth of peppers to make this. I cooked up several jars of this jelly last year and can vouch for its tastiness. Pour over a block of cream cheese and you have a fantastic football-watching dip.

Broccoli rabe with sausage

Cucumber-radish raita – Serve with grilled or baked chicken.

Chicken pot pie – This is a good way to use a motley crue of veggies. I’d throw in your green shallots, sweet potatoes, green beans, summer squash, and mushrooms. A store-bought pie crust makes this come together quickly. (You can also use okra if you want, but they’re going to be a little slimy when prepared like this.)

Okra patties – Similar to fried okra, but less of a pain to prepare. In my opinion, anyway.

Local Box Meal Plan: Oct. 11-15

This week, we’re getting:

Bell peppers – Lundgren
Mixed baby greens – My Father’s Farm
Herb – Pure Luck
Apples – Apple Country
Cucumbers – Acadian
Okra – Acadian
Summer squash – Naegelin
Braising greens goody bag (collards, chard, and the like) – My Father’s Farm
Green shallots – Acadian

I’ll be making:

Side salads with mixed greens, cucumbers, and bell peppers, with this green shallot vinaigrette (the recipe calls for green onions, but the two are pretty interchangeable)

Mom’s summer squash – Not my mom, Elise’s (from Simply Recipes) mom. This recipe will use one of your bell peppers and an onion from the stash you got last week.

LBJ Ranch pickled okra – It’s about that time of year when I start putting up okra for the winter. This recipe looks like the one I used last year, which I couldn’t seem to dig up. You can skip the hot peppers if you wish; I never taste them (but I also have a very high tolerance for spiciness, so trust your instincts on this one). Also, if you don’t want to actually can the pickles by processing them in boiling water, just put the jars in the fridge. These need to sit for at least six weeks before you eat them.

Chicken with rosemary, apples, and onions – This recipe uses a slow cooker. If you don’t have one, add two more cups of broth, cover, and cook over low heat on the stovetop for a couple of hours, until the chicken falls off of the bone. (I spotted rosemary in the Local Box video, which is why I’m featuring it here. If you get another herb and need ideas on how to use it, leave a comment and I’ll come up with something for you.)

Quick-braised greens with bacon – The original recipe calls for just collards, but your mixed goody bag of braising greens will work just fine. You can leave out the onion if you’re out of them; the bacon adds a ton of flavor on its own. Use center-cut bacon for a slightly lower-fat version.

Local Box Meal Plan: Oct. 4-8

This week, we’re getting:

Basil – Yard Garden
Assorted hot peppers
Okra – Bradshaw
Eggplant – Animal Farm
Bibb lettuce
Cucumbers – Acadian
Red delicious apples – Apple Country
Limes – G&S Groves
Red potatoes – Naegelin
Yellow onions – Naegelin
Butternut squash – Massey

So, I will be making:

Curried okra-eggplant stew with basil and coconut milk – So, this recipe isn’t written in the usual recipe form, but holy crap it looks good, so just read the blog post to get all the ingredients in. This uses several Local Box ingredients and looks like it’ll come together quickly.

Cucumber-lime spritzers

Roasted red potatoes and butternut squash – Use your yellow onion instead of the red onion called for here. Throw a couple of seasoned chicken breasts in the same roasting pan as the veggies, and you’ve got dinner.

Crab salad with lime dressing – Add jumbo lump crabmeat to chopped Bibb lettuce, cucumbers, and any other veggies you like. Whisk together the juice of a couple of limes, olive oil, salt, and pepper, and drizzle over the salad.

As for the red delicious apples, I find them to be really mushy when cooked, so we usually just eat them out-of-hand. However, if you want to make something with them, this apple crisp recipe looks quick and easy, and the soft texture of the apples will be balanced out by the other ingredients.

Local Box Meal Plan: Sept. 20-24

This week, we’re getting:

Butternut squash – Massey
Onions – Naegelin
Potatoes – Naegelin
Black-eyed peas – Naegelin
Sorrel or lettuce
Lentil sprouts – Groovy Greens
Okra – Bradshaw
Sweet Italian peppers – Lundgren
Limes – G&S Groves
Rosemary – Pure Luck
Indian cucumber – My Father’s Farm

So I’m making:

Lentil sprout spread – Looks like a good dip.

Potato squash casserole – This has sausage to make a hearty one-pot meal.

Okra and black-eyed pea saute – Use some of last week’s hot peppers here if you still have some, or just use the sweet peppers we’re getting this week if you want a milder dish.

Indian cucumber soup with mint – This recipe calls for regular cukes, not the Indian one we’re getting, but I’m going to try using the Indian one here because they taste pretty similar.

Rosemary roast pork loin – Make this on the weekend and you’ll have plenty of leftovers for sandwiches and whatnot throughout the week.

If you get lettuce, try this sweet pepper salad with lime dressing (use your lettuce in place of the arugula). If you get sorrel, this tabbouleh with sorrel and lime looks tasty. Add chopped sweet peppers to up the veggie content.